Ian Alexander Jr. was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

Regina King’s son Ian Alexander Jr. has died by suicide. His 26th birthday was Wednesday.

“Our family is devastated at the deepest level by the loss of Ian,” King says in a statement sent to PEOPLE. “He is such a bright light who cared so deeply about the happiness of others. Our family asks for respectful consideration during this private time. Thank you.”

He was King’s only child, whom she shared with her ex-husband, record producer Ian Alexander Sr.

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